The Lancia Fulvia Rallye 1.6 HF was a much special, high powered version of the standard Lancia Fulvia sedan that came out in the 60s as competition to the Alfa Romeo Giulia and the Fiat 1300. The first in line of Lancia’s rallying greats, this homologation special was powered by a unique 1.6-litre version of a narrow body V4 engine. This was good for 115 hp and, given the 850 kg kerb weight, was brisk enough for the job at hand. Other modifications over the standard car included a close-ratio, five-speed gearbox, front suspension modifications and aluminium body panels. The addition of an inner up-sized pair of spotlights earned it the name ‘Fanalone’.
The Lancia Fulvia Fanalone set the stage for cars like the Stratos, O37 and Delta Integrale by winning the Italian Rally Championship eight times between 1965 and 1973. It also won both the International Championship of Manufacturers and Monte Carlo Rally in 1972.
One of only 1258 ever built, this particular 1970 Fulvia Rallye 1.6 HF ‘Fanalone’ is up for auction at RM Sotheby’s Paris 2018 sale. It is available in the Works paint scheme and has lately seen action in historic rallies. Photos by Kevin Van Campenhout courtesy RM Sotheby’s